After Sexual Relationship Ends, Teacher Sues AP
Department of Education officials say that Iorio remains in his $104,000-a-year job after admitting he bedded the rookie even though he was her supervisor.
“It’s shocking and unfair that he could do all this, and he’s the one who was protected,” she said in her court papers.
A spokesperson for the DOE says it has no policy against romantic relationships between employees.
Pichardo is suing Iorio as well as school officials, including outgoing Chancellor Joel Klein, in Manhattan Supreme Court, contending her complaints were swept under the rug.
Her lawyer, Marshall Bellovin, told New York Post reporters that school investigators “whitewashed” Iorio’s conduct.
Court papers say that after Pichardo – who is seeking unspecified damages – broke off their six-month affair, Iorio allegedly bombarded her with love poems and notes begging her to take him back.
In a furious rant on Facebook, the assistant principal allegedly wrote: “I put myself out there and got creamed emotionally and financially for it. Most of the clothes, shoes, housewares, mascara and perfumes she has I purchased for her,” the suit says.
Pichardo said she found photos of Iorio, his relatives and his dog tucked into her tote bag and desk.
Iorio, according to her suit, also sent a terrifying e-mail that read: “REMEMBER, SOME PEOPLE ARE ALIVE SIMPLY BECAUSE IT IS ILLEGAL TO SHOOT THEM.”
Iorio denied making any threats. He told Post reporters that Pichardo, who was recently divorced, seduced him.
He said he was reprimanded only for “poor judgment” in dating the teacher and for demanding she pay $1,100 to refund his gifts.
The Department of Education declined requests from The Wave for comment.
Pichardo, rated satisfactory her first two years, was fired for excessive absences.
She says the harassment made her sick with a diagnosed stress disorder.